US protests
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NATIONWIDE DEMONSTRATIONS CONTINUE ACROSS THE U.S.

3rd Jun 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

Over 4,000 protesters have been arrested in the most violent and widespread demonstrations in the US since the 1968 assassination of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. Dozens of major cities are under mandatory curfew as Americans take to the streets in protest of systemic racism and police brutality after the death of George Floyd, a…

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Vigil
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HONG KONG BANS TIANANMEN VIGIL FOR FIRST TIME

3rd Jun 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

Hong Kong police have, for the first time in 30 years, denied permission for organisers to hold the annual vigil for victims of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Police cited concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Organisers believe the government is using the pandemic to shut down the demonstration. The rally has been held since…

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3 JUNE ’20 | PRAY FOR THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

2nd Jun 2020 . by Gigi Kotze

Dear prayer partners, Demonstrations continued across the United States in response to the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man in police custody, on Monday 25 May.  George Floyd died after being forcibly restrained by police, in downtown Minneapolis. On Tuesday, the four police officers involved in his death were fired from the…

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Brazil
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BRAZIL, NEW COVID-19 HOTSPOT THREATENING VULNERABLE INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES

27th May 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

Brazil has become the world’s number two hotspot for COVID-19 cases as South America emerges as the new virus epicentre. The latest reports out of São Paulo show Brazil now has over 360,000 confirmed cases. Despite the steady rise in cases, Brazilian president Jair Bolsonaro has decided to reopen parts of the economy, as some…

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Hong Kong
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CHINA’S PROPOSED SECURITY LAW LEADS TO NEW HONG KONG PROTESTS

27th May 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

Protests have erupted again in Hong Kong after Beijing announced a proposed national security bill that could threaten Hong Kong’s sovereignty. The law would allow Beijing to set up intelligence agencies in Hong Kong, with the aim of “tackling secession, subversion, and terrorist activities.” Chinese Secretary for Security John Lee cited an increase in terrorism…

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27 MAY ’20 | PRAY FOR SOUTH SUDAN

25th May 2020 . by Gigi Kotze

Dear prayer partners, On Friday 22 May, the UN human rights chief insisted that intercommunal violence in South Sudan had to stop and those responsible had to be swiftly brought to justice. This announcement came after a review report of the first three months of 2020, revealed that about 658 people were killed in intercommunal…

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Israel
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ISRAEL SWEARS IN UNITY GOVERNMENT AFTER LONG POLITICAL CRISIS

20th May 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

Israel has formed a unity government, ending a longstanding political crisis. The power-sharing deal, which was drafted in April, was signed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz. The agreement has Mr Netanyahu serving as prime minister for 18 months, followed by 18 months of Mr Gantz as prime…

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Burundi
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BURUNDI PREPARES FOR LANDMARK VOTE DESPITE PANDEMIC

20th May 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

On Wednesday 20 May, Burundi will hold parliamentary and presidential elections, five years after the incumbent president’s controversial third term sparked widespread violence. This election campaign has been the most competitive in almost three decades, after a long civil war and then 15 years under President Pierre Nkurunziza. Analysts believe that there is a close…

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20 MAY ’20 | PRAY FOR AFGHANISTAN

18th May 2020 . by Gigi Kotze

Dear prayer partners, On Tuesday 12 May, in a small hospital in the southwestern corner of Kabul, three gunmen disguised as police burst into the hospital’s maternity ward and started shooting, killing at least 24 people, including new-borns, mothers and nurses. No group claimed responsibility for the attack. On the same day, in the eastern…

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Iraq
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IRAQ PROTESTS RESUME AS NEW GOVERNMENT SWORN IN

13th May 2020 . by Donnelly McCleland

On Saturday 9 May, Iraq’s protesters returned to the streets of Baghdad and other southern cities to oppose the new government of Mustafa al-Kadhimi, sworn in on Thursday 7 May, after months of political deadlock. Despite Mr al-Kadhimi’s decisions to release previously imprisoned protesters, and promote a well-respected Iraqi general to lead counter-terrorism operations against…

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